49ers Come Back After Losing the First Game to Beat Cal State Northridge in the Second
April 17, 2013
Game 1: CSUN 4, LBSU 2 (8 innings)
Neither team allowed a runner to reach base until the fifth inning when Long Beach's Leilani Tupua-Tautalatasi began with a strong single up the middle. Dana Garcia laid down a nice bunt to move the runner over to second, setting her up for Kimbrough who hit a double to left to bring Tupua-Tautalatasi in to score.
The 49ers hoped to prevent the game from going into extra innings and came very close, getting Ashley Holmes all the way to third after reaching second when Matador center fielder Abby Linn misplayed a routine fly ball, but could not cash her in. In the top of the eighth, Long Beach pitcher Erin Jones-Wesley was a little shaky hitting the first batter, Korrine Randazzo, and walking the next batter Tiffini Lucero. Thielges came through with a single to left but 49ers' left fielder, Brianna Stephan, fired the ball to Dana Garcia at home who blocked the plate and prevented Randazzo from scoring. Pinch hitter Tanna Bindi was the hero of the game and hit a sharp liner down the right field line that scored both Lucero and Thielges bringing the score to 4-2,which would become the final.
Game 2: LBSU 2, CSUN 0
Long Beach threatened to score again collecting, three hits in the bottom of the third, but could not cash them in and left two runners on. They kept the momentum going into the fourth when Sarah Carrasco hit a ball off the wall in right center for a stand up double. Holmes followed with a single to left. That put Carrasco on third and she was able to score on the sacrifice fly that Stephan hit out to center to extend their lead to 2-0.
Shayna Kimbrough displayed great athleticism to jump up and catch a hard line drive by Lucero to keep the bases clear in the top of the six. The Matadors mounted a rally in the seventh with two hits, but ultimately fell short leaving them stranded and securing a49er victory.
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